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Alejandro Fernando Amenￃﾡbar Cantos (born 31 March 1972) is a Spanish film director. Amenￃﾡbar was born in Santiago, Chile to a Spanish mother and Chilean father, but the family moved to Spain just one year after his birth. He studied cinema at Madrid's Universidad Complutense but eventually dropped out.
In addition to writing and directing his own films, Amenￃﾡbar has maintained a notable career as a composer of film scores, including the Goya Awards-nominated score for Josￃﾩ Luis Cuerda's La lengua de las mariposas.
Amenￃﾡbar was awarded the Grand Prix of the Jury at the International Venice Film Festival in 2004 for Mar adentro ("The Sea Inside"), and in February 2005 the same film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In February 2004, Amenￃﾡbar came out to the Spanish gay magazine Shangay Express.
Amenￃﾡbar shot in 2008 an epic film called ￃﾁgora which he wrote with Mateo Gil. The film is set in Roman Egypt and is based on the life of philosopher and mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria.
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